NEW oLN CROSSWORD Number 7

09 August, 2007

ACROSS:

1 Cash for occasional expenses (6-5); 7 Small piece of workable land; 8 Flightless sea bird; 9 Knot or fasten 10 Church steeple; 11 Sahara or Kalahari; 13 Delves for information; 16 Pointed

or keen edged; 18 Snake-like fish; 19 Dried grapes;

20 Confidential assistant; 21 Sign of the zodiac

DOWN:

1 Royal residence; 2 Cows and bulls; 3 Experienced specialist;

4 Sign of subtraction; 5 Feed and nurture; 6 Inhabitants of the United States; 11 Longs for; 12 Drenched; 13 Spanish carnival

or saint's day; 14 Highly-seasoned Italian sausage; 15 Old

Testament book; 17 Dot




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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